More than 100 religion-based organizations are protesting a provision in pending legislation that would prohibit them from receiving federal money if they consider a job applicant’s religion when hiring.
In a letter sent Wednesday to all members of Congress, the groups contend that the provision would dilute protections they have under the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, as well as under the Constitution.
“Those four lines in the legislation would be a seismic change in bedrock civil rights law for religious organizations,” said Steven McFarland, chief legal counsel at World Vision USA, a Christian aid organization that is leading the protest. “The impact would be huge and severely affect our ability to help children and others in need.”
And no, it would not be a change in your “civil rights” nor would it affect your “ability to help children and others in need.” An imaginary friend and a delusional belief in fairy tales is not required for a person to have the desire to do good. Non-believers are every bit as capable and willing to provide aid to children and other people in need.
So, sorry. But in America, my tax dollars aren’t supposed to pay for you to discriminate. If you want to be an asshole, that’s fine, but you’ll have to stop accepting federal money to do it.
Personally, I don’t think this bill goes far enough. And I’m not the only one.
The Coalition Against Religious Discrimination, whose members include the American Civil Liberties Union, the Hindu American Foundation and the N.A.A.C.P., has been pushing Congress to eliminate charitable choice altogether for many years, and it said the pending bill did not go far enough.
Explicitly religious groups should not be receiving any kind of federal funding. That is a clear violation of the Constitutional law prohibiting government endorsement of religion.
If they’re going to provide a public service and will be receiving tax money for doing so, at the very least, they should not be allowed to use it to discriminate.